Posts by tag: 599cc

Triumph December 20, 2017 posted by

More or Less – 2003 Triumph Speed Four

Triumph’s Speed Four was introduced in 2002 alongside the 955cc Speed Triple, the Four incongruously displacing only 599cc.  Reaching back to the 1938 Speed Twin for its name, the Speed Four used the TT600 sportbike frame and drivetrain and boarded the naked / streetfighter express.

2003 Triumph Speed Four for sale on eBay

 

With the exception of the less peaky cams and ECU maps, the 98 hp Speed Four used the TT600 engine, and the quick-tuning frame was the same except for spring rates.  The result was shootout-winning handling and decent 375 lbs. dry weight.  Outstanding brakes from the TT are retained.  Styling of the floating fly shield and fresh air intakes is well, provocative – though the mechanicals have been nicely dressed for nakedness.  The public-works orange paint demands attention.

 

Offered by an eBay-mostly dealer with 624 ( ! ) bikes available, there’s no history available but it looks very well cared for.  Modifications appear to be limited to signals and bar-end mirrors, and with a lower 9,000 miles the danger is limited.  Certainly worth a phone call to see what maintenance was done when they received the bike.  Not exactly rare, the Speed Four was only built for four years and most led a much harder life.

 

Reviewers puzzled how John Bloor & Co. were able to deliver so much of their TT600 brand new for just $6500, and though the seller offers free shipping over $5,000, I’m thinking the reserve is somewhat below that.  Like most recent fuel injected machines, the 600’s running at light throttle settings can be helped by a fuel nanny.  The naked has been tuned into a non-compete clause with the TT, but still has plenty of fun to offer, and should have a good smile-per-dollar ratio…

-donn

More or Less – 2003 Triumph Speed Four
Triumph July 31, 2016 posted by

Rev. 1.0 – 2000 Triumph TT600

Taking the sportbike fight right downtown, Triumph’s all-new 600 made a valiant run at the big four.  Light weight, nice handling, and quality components, it unfortunately had to be shipped before the fuel injection could be adequately tweaked.  And though software updates have corrected the throttle response issues, the damage to the reputation caused the TT to be superseded after only three years.

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2000 Triumph TT600 for sale on eBay

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Triumph’s twin-spar alloy frame carries 43 mm Kayaba forks and monoshock, both fully adjustable.  Quality Nissin brakes use dual 310 mm front rotors and 220 mm rear.  The rounded full fairing incorporates two fresh air intakes above the fork legs.  At a time when most manufacturers were using four carburetors, Triumph made a big wager on Sagem electronic fuel injection.  Peak power was competitive at 110 and nearly 13,000 rpm, but rideability suffered from the faulty fuel injection map.

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With just about 8,500 miles, this TT looks great with its polished exhaust and recent tires.  The mid-west owner says this in the eBay auction:

Here for sale rare 2000 Triumph TT 600 in excellent condition.  The bike is running, riding and shifting excellent and has only 8441 miles (as of today).

It is 600cc 4 cylinder water cooled engine with 110hp and 68Nm. 6 speed and 154mph top speed.

Very nice example of British sport bike.

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20160730 2000 triumph tt600 right front wheel

Most TT600’s received updated software under warranty, but it might be worth checking the maintenance records on this machine.  Triumph’s return to the sportbike market should’ve been a great success.  Once the fuel delivery woes were sorted, the bike got great reviews as a nicely equipped sharp handler – maybe without Japanese street cred but a fine start.  This one looks smart in red and appears to be a cared-for example, might end up being a bargain.

-donn

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Rev. 1.0 – 2000 Triumph TT600
Sport Bikes For Sale September 28, 2010 posted by

1992 Yamaha FZR600 Vance & Hines Edition #476 with 2,620 Original Miles

This a very nice, low mileage, Vance & Hines Edition FZR600.

Bike:  1992 Yamaha FZR600 V&H

Location:  Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

Mileage:  2,620mi

The seller states that this bike is “…perfect without a scratch.”  It was recently tuned and supposedly runs like a champ.  This bike looks to be perfectly stock (except for the windscreen) and in fantastic condition as the seller states.  We’ve had a few V&H Edition FZR’s in the past and none had this low of mileage or were in as original condition.  See the other FZR600s we’ve posted here.

The Vance & Hines Edition wasn’t special other than the commemorative scheme and V&H exhaust system.  1992 was also the last year for the square headlight design which only lasted for two years before Yamaha reverted back to the earlier, dual headlight, design that was so popular.  If you’re a Yamaha collector, you should have one of these and this is probably one of the best examples out there.  See the bike on eBay .

AG

Classic Sport Bikes For Sale September 21, 2010 posted by

1987 Honda CBR600F Hurricane With 8K Original Miles

This is a nice looking, first year, CBR600F Hurricane about to end on eBay.

Bike:  1987 Honda CBR600F Hurricane

Location:  Bradley, Illinois

Mileage:  8,101mi

The seller states that this bike is a one owner example, in showroom new condition.  The bike has been modified with a K&N filter (And probably a drilled air-box cover), an F1 exhaust system, a larger rear sprocket and the passenger pegs have been modified.  The only claimed cosmetic imperfection is the small crack in the front fender.  The carb’s were gone through earlier this year and new, Pro-line, fuel lines were also installed.

The bike does look very good in the pictures.  I don’t doubt that it is fantastically clean in person but there may be some small issues the seller may have missed but, I’m pretty sure they know the bike quite well after 23 years.

Sadly, the only issue this bike may have is the price:  I don’t see this bike going for $3,500 and the seller has a reserve in place.  Heading into fall, I’d probably assume this bike would go in the $2.5k-2.8k range.  There are collectors for these early CBR’s but, they seem to not be willing to pay a premium because they know no one else will.

This was the first production 600cc bike to crack the quarter mile in under 12 seconds with a time of 11.7 @ 113mph.  These early CBR’s are quite fun if you realize they are 23yo technology.  Parts are prevalent and nothing is really difficult other than the valve service–just like any inline four within a confined frame.  The only major drawback is the rim widths.  While the rims are 17″ front & rear, they are quite narrow and were originally fitted with bias-ply’s leaving the current tire choices limited–but, still better than for an FZR.

Although I wouldn’t spring for this bike at this price, I believe these aren’t a bad choice if you’re looking for a budget collectible.  While the F2 & F3 bikes may have had more aftermarket parts during their time, the Hurricane will always be the first generation of the, ongoing, iconic CBR.  See this bike on eBay .

AG

Here are some other Honda Hurricane’s and parts for sale right now:

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